Orthodox punditry says that there are two types of Republicans: the Crazies (Donald Trump, Michele Bachmann, Louie Gohmert), who spout nonsense and lies; and the Grown Ups (Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Paul Ryan), who are serious people worth voting for. Alas, orthodox punditry is wrong. Very, very wrong.
Consider the following statements:
“Cutting taxes always increases revenue.”
“Man-made global warming is not a matter of settled science.”
“Wealthy people are the job creators. Raising marginal tax rates on those making over $250,000 a year will kill jobs and hurt small business.”
“The budget deficit is entirely the result of Barack Obama’s profligate ways. It has nothing to do with the Bush tax cuts [which have been in place for a decade, at a cost of roughly $1.8 trillion]; the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq [which were kept off the books until Obama became president]; the Republican prescription drug plan [which wasn’t paid for]; or the Great Recession [which began in 2007 and led to the loss of 20 million revenue-producing jobs].”
“Government doesn’t have a revenue problem. It has a spending problem.”
“The ‘death tax’ [Republican propaganda term for the estate tax] will bankrupt family farms.”
“Democratic health care reform is socialized medicine.”
“The Obama stimulus bill did nothing to help the economy.”
“America is broke.”
These statements are false. They are just as false as any of the technicolor whoppers emanating from the pieholes of Donald Trump and his fellow crazies. Yet all of these lies are routinely spouted by “serious” Republican leaders. With virtually no comment from the media.
The “carnival barkers” — as Barack Obama called them — help make the respectable liars look reasonable.